Pope refuses to equate Islam with violence, terrorism

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HE spoke with much apparent deliberation when Pope Francis last Sunday, on his return trip from Poland, said to reporters, “I don’t think it is right to equate Islam with violence.”

He was absolutely right to say that Catholics could be just as deadly as Muslims. He had earlier refused to name Islam as the ideological culprit in the killing of an old priest, beloved of the people in a small town in northern France. The ISIS inspired Muslims raided a parish church while Mass was going on and slit the throat of the old parish priest. The gang took hostages.

“In almost every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists. We have them too in [Christianity],” he said.

“If I have to talk about Islamic violence I have to also talk about Christian violence. Every day in the newspapers I see violence in Italy, someone kills his girlfriend, another kills his mother-in-law, and these are baptized Catholics.”


The Holy Father said religion was not the driving force behind the violence.

“You can kill with the tongue as well as the knife,” he said, in an apparent reference to a rise in populist parties fuelling racism and xenophobia.

Respect for bodily integrity
Point 2297 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches this: “Kidnapping and hostage taking bring on a reign of terror; by means of threats they subject their victims to intolerable pressures. They are morally wrong. Terrorism threatens, wounds, and kills indiscriminately; it is gravely against justice and charity. Torture which uses physical or moral violence to extract confessions, punish the guilty, frighten opponents, or satisfy hatred is contrary to respect for the person and for human dignity.”

It is unfortunate that because of the merciless attacks on innocent people by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), some politicians and government officials in Europe and the United States have begun to think that violence against Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims is an essential doctrine of the Islamic religion.

That mentality is wrong.

That mentality is like that of non-Christians who have come to think that corruption must be essential to the Christian Faith. For governments controlled by baptized Christians all over the whole world are riddled with corrupt officials.

Pope Francis counseled Europeans to look closer to home. He said “terrorism… grows where the God of money is put first” and “where there are no other options.”

“How many of our European young have we left empty of ideals, with no work, so they turn to drugs, to alcohol, and sign up with fundamentalist groups?” he asked.

Meanwhile, all mankind should not forget that conquering hordes of Christians at war with other Christian kingdoms who pillaged the “enemy” cities and committed atrocities against fellow Christians.

Peace and love for fellow man is the basic teaching of all religions, including Islam.

Point 2304 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:

“Respect for and development of human life require peace. Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries. Peace cannot be attained on earth without safeguarding the goods of persons, free communication among men, respect for the dignity of persons and peoples, and the assiduous practice of fraternity. Peace is ‘the tranquility of order.’ Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity.”

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  1. …But the POPE and Vatican is beginning to be equated with absurdity, after saying they intend to baptize aliens the (ET) kind if they come in contact, then homosexuality is suddenly OK, now this…

    …not only kill mind you Mr. Michael Richardson, the Islamic State says Muslims can cannibalize and harvest organs from live non-Muslims, The source of this revolting news is a January 31, 2015 memorandum issued by the ISIL Committee of Research and Fatwas, which was captured by U.S. special forces in Syria in May 2015. The committee reports directly to Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

    A fatwa is a legal opinion given by a qualified Islamic jurist or mufti on issues pertaining to the Islamic law or sharia. The fatwa in question is Fatwa No. 68.

    Check google/link:
    https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/12/28/islamic-state-says-muslims-can-cannibalize-and-take-organs-from-live-non-muslims/

    Look I know good Muslim, some are friends, but honestly their holymen are like our Catholic holymen, they are PYCHOS!

    In another report 5 out of 8 Syrian refugees tested positive for Kuru, a disease that afflicts cannibals it is similar to Mad Cow disease.

  2. michael richardson on

    oooooohhh – Mr Muslim – remind me of what your Holy Book says about non-muslims (Catholics, infidels), I think it says something like ‘kill them wherever you find them’ – correct me if I am wrong.

    • That passage (revealed in Madina where Prophet Muhammad and other Islamic adherents migrated for security all the way from Mecca) in the Qur’an Karim that says about putting up a fight against the infidels (referring to the paganistic Quraish tribe of Mecca to which Prophet Muhammad belonged) was meant to defend themselves from the overwhelming power and numbers of the infidels, the Muslims being much smaller in size and numbers, thus in extreme danger. Regarding the terrorism, Prophet Muhammad said that “if you kill a person without reasonable ground, then it is as if you kill the whole humanity,” That is the weight of sin of doing it and the magnitude of responsibility that one will be held accountable with in the Hereafter.

  3. Unfortunately Pope Francis’s mind has become contaminated by the oppressive spirit of Political Correctness. So he refuses to make a direct link between Islam and violence. How then can he explain the fact that 99% of deaths by terrorism are caused by Muslims? Are you saying that Catholics are as guilty of terrorism as Muslims? I’m beginning to lose faith in Pope Francis. I used to think he was a great Christian leader. Now it’s clear that he has a lot of secular liberal ideas floating in his head, and he’s become part of the religion of Political Correctness